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Iowa Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
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Iowa, United States
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Location of Iowa
Record Description
Record Type Marriage Index
Collection years 1809-1992
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This index is an electronic index for the years 1809 to 1992. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Marriage

  • The name of the bride or groom
  • The date of marriage
  • The place where the marriage took place

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Examples of indexed records:

Jessie E. Smith mentioned in the record of James G. King and Jessie E. Smith
Name James G. King
Birth Date 1874
Age 25
Spouse's Name Jessie E. Smith
Spouse's Birth Date 1880
Spouse's Age 19
Event Date 02 May 1899
Event Place Le Mars, First Methodist Episcopal Church, Plymouth, Iowa


Paul Damien Smith mentioned in the record of Paul Damien Smith and Norma Johnson
Name Paul Damien Smith
Birth Date 18 Jun1925
Birthplace Ia.
Spouse's Name Norma Johnson
Event Date 31 May 1950
Event Place Laurens, Iowa
Father's Name Albert Smith
Mother's Name Mary McKenna

Coverage Table and Map[edit | edit source]

A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article Iowa Marriages, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records).

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Iowa marriages, click here.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The names of the bride and groom
  • The date and place of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other vital records such as birth, and death
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
  • Witnesses to marriages were often family members

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Iowa.


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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